I can't believe this was only my first day...

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I feel so immersed in everything already.  And I'm exhausted.  What a long draining day in hot sticky sweaty weather.  Wow.  My blogs are lame I know.  I'm just too tired to write anything but basic bullets of what I did/saw.  Today ok, we went to kindergarten.  I taught 20 Vietnamese kindergartners english.  Ha!  I was done with my lesson after 20 minutes.  I had another 45 to go and the kids were getting rowdy.  We went over colors and numbers and body parts.  We played games and sang a song and colored. 

THat was 8:30 to 10 then we had a break for lunch.  We rode our bikes to the shop and looked around, I wanted a book to teach me vietnamese but couldn't find one.  Then we rode home and had lunch, family style as usual.

  Again quite good, this time vegetarian.  I love our cook, Chi.  She looks exactly like LUcy Liu.  And she's the sweetest, most affectionate woman you'll ever meet.  She's always touching my cheesk and telling me I'm beautiful and giving me hugs.  I absolutely adore her!!  And the foods good too.

At 2:30 for an hour and a half we went to SPC, the orphanage.  When I got there the little girl that doesn't know how to smile was sleeping.  So instead of playing with the puzzle and paints I had brought her I went to one of the cerebral palsy girls.  I tried to move her body parts and show her around outside.  If we weren't there she'd lay on the mat and stare at the ceiling all day.  So us being there and doing anything with them is better than nothing.

  Both girls with CP have heads shaped as flat as boards from years of laying in one spot. 

Thu, no smile girl, woke up and came over to me.  I think she remembered me from the day before when I had given her a hair clip.  So we played and I took her picture and she almost smiled.  I'm working on it.  Best news of the day is we spoke to the manager and we're getting Thu into kindergarten.  I'm going to sponsor her with the donations I as given from friends and family before I left.  It's 15 USD a month and it goes straight to the school and she'll get taken 3 days a week from 8 am to 4pm.  She'll get to socialize with kids her own age.  She'll get to learn and I'll get to teach her english.

  Right now, where she's at, she's the only child that's not disabled that's not a baby.  So she knows nothing of what it means to be a kid.  This is so great for her, and if GVN wasn't here noone would have ever bothered with getting her to school, well noone would have paid for it.

Ok so after being there we had a break for a couple hours in which i walked around the neighborhood to familiarize myself with the place and we had dinner.  We also did some planning for our night class.  Which was Norma, Jess, and I in front of 20 street kids ranging in ages from 4 to 22.  That was insanity.  We were lucky if we got the kids quiet and in there seats for more than 3 minutes.  I seriously doubt any of them learned anything, but lets hope it at least kept them out of trouble for an hour.  And the program pays for them to have a meal so they got that, thank god.  There were two children which stood out as really wanting to learn and really motivated.  So I've asked to tutor them privately at another time throughout the week.  Kimmy's gonna translate.  I really hope they're interested.  They seem real bright.

I'm totally exhausted at this point.  Tons more to write.  Maybe tomorrow.

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Thu!
Thu!
one of the twins
one of the twins
Thua
Thua
where they spend there days and ni…
where they spend there days and n…
my roomie, Jess.
my roomie, Jess.
wheelchair donated by GVN.  10 yea…
wheelchair donated by GVN. 10 ye…
Rob with one of the twins
Rob with one of the twins
Chuckles has cerebral palsy.
"Chuckles" has cerebral palsy.
these 5 year old children sufferin…
these 5 year old children sufferi…
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